Top Tuesday: Pokemon Spin-Offs

Rachel Mii Double JumpI know I’ve been talking about Pokemon a lot lately, but it is my favorite. And with the new games coming out, I just can’t seem to help myself.

Though I always end up talking about the main games. Here are my favorite spin-off games.


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5. Pokemon Picross

This game is free on Nintendo’s 3DS eShop. I downloaded it the day it came out not understanding what it was. I knew it was a puzzle game and I like puzzles. I like Pokemon. I like free games. So why not?

It’s actually a fun puzzle game that’s pretty hard to explain. I don’t play it often, but I do enjoy it once in a while. My only problem with the game is that you earn “picrats” during the game. You need so many of them to unlock the next area. They don’t give you many when you complete a puzzle, so I haven’t been able to make it to the next area for months now.

4. Pokemon Rumble

There are four Rumble games: Rumble for the Wii, Rumble U for the Wii U, Rumble Blast and Rumble World both for the 3DS.

I have all of the games (except Rumble U, I believe) and I find them to be pretty fun. You play as toy Pokemon and battle through different areas. Some enemies become friends you can play as, some just faint. At the end there’s always a giant boss.

That’s about it for the game and it’s a weird concept, but it’s fun nonetheless.

3. My Pokemon Ranch

For the Wii, My Pokemon Ranch can connect with your Diamond or Pearl game and you can keep your Pokemon in the Ranch with the computer Mii, Hayley. That’s about it.

Hayley will trade Pokemon with you once in a while. Once you reach a certain amount of Pokemon in the Ranch, she’ll give you a Phione and Mew.

You really can’t do anything with the game, but the sprites are cute and it’s relaxing. I love having it on for background noise while I work.

2. Pokemon Conquest

Very similar to Fire Emblem, Pokemon Conquest is a fun game about taking over kingdoms with your Pokemon. Depending on which story you play, you get a certain set of Pokemon and battle other kingdoms recruiting new people therefore getting new Pokemon.

Once you beat the main story, you can play other stories. Each story is a bit redundant, but it’s a lot of fun.

1. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

The Mystery Dungeon series started for the Gameboy Advance. That’s right. It’s been around for a long time. Red Rescue Team came out for the Gameboy Advance and its companion was the Blue Rescue Team for the Nintendo DS. Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky all came out later also for the DS. I remember playing Sky sitting at the library in college… I got a lot of work done there, as you can probably tell. Gates to Infinity came out a few years ago for the 3DS and most recently came Super Mystery Dungeon for the 3DS.

These games have mixed reviews, but I absolutely love them and could play them all the time. I can’t wait for them to come out with another one.

There are three other Mystery Dungeon games for the Wii, but they were only released in Japan. You can imagine how disappointed I was.

What are your favorite Pokemon spin-off games?

2 thoughts on “Top Tuesday: Pokemon Spin-Offs

  1. Good choices! I never actually got to play Pokemon Conquest, so I might just have to go back and play it one day per your recommendation. I do like the Mystery Dungeon games too, though they can get quite difficult! Pokemon Picross is great too, though I didn’t play it too much because I couldn’t proceed because of the pay-to-play system. I could probably continue now at this point though.

    Here are some of my favorites, which are all apparently different from yours! Pokemon has lots of spinoffs, apparently!
    5. Pokemon Ranger – I don’t know why I like drawing circles around Pokemon so much, but it’s strangely satisfying. These games were full RPGs with their own stories. Instead of catching and fighting Pokemon, you drew circles around them, which is something that can only be done with a touch screen (sort of like Pokemon GO).

    4. Pokemon Colosseum – This spinoff was actually a full RPG. It was a darker story that had the main character stealing back shadow Pokemon from the evil team. It doesn’t compare at all to the mainline series, but I thought it was underrated game that had decent story and gameplay,

    3. Pokemon Puzzle League – This is hardly even a Pokemon game, but I love it anyway. It’s actually just Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack/Puzzle League) with Pokemon skins. But I like that it wasn’t even just game skins, but they implemented anime graphics and music. It’s the only Pokemon game besides Yelliow that has direct ties to the anime.

    2. Pokemon Snap – This game seriously needed a sequel for Wii U or even 3DS. It’s unfortunate that it never happened, but I like that I can still go back and enjoy the original. It’s so fun to take pictures of Pokemon in the different habitats. I love interacting with them and seeing what I can make them do. It’s also thrilling to get a Pokemon right next to you for that perfect up-close shot! NX sequel please?

    1. Pokemon Pinball – I love both the original and the Ruby/Sapphire versions of pinball. Something about pinball and catching ’em all led to an addictive premise. It’s hard to get them all especially because of how evolution works in the game. I still had a lot of fun seeing how many Pokemon I could catch and how many legendary Pokemon minigames I could get to! I wouldn’t mind a new one for Sun/Moon!

    • The Mystery Dungeons can get difficult! I’ve gotten stuck on them too many times to count.
      I love all your choices! I almost put Ranger on my list, but I never actually beat the game. I have to go back to it sometime soon. Colosseum is awesome. I actually forgot about that one, lol.
      I couldn’t play Puzzle League. I used to watch Kris play it all the time, but my fingers weren’t fast enough. It’s physically impossible for me to play that game, lol.
      I also love Pinball. I still play that one from time to time.
      Snap is legend. Enough said there.

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